Taiwan Design Expo 2005
Cecilie Andersson (architect) and
8 students of architecture from the Shih-Chien University, Taipei
Fong-Shan province, Kaohshiung city, Taiwan
Norsk Form/ Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD)
-negotiating the streets of Fong-Shan, Kaohshiung
The way the Fong-Shan street programme is handled, with pure pragmatism, seems to produce a certain skill of creativity in the use of the streets as an urban arena. One might talk of a kind of ”street smart” population, skilled to work their way through the obvious problems of overtrafficed streets and parking problems.
These observations are two-sided; on one hand the congested streets and high pollution levels are an omen of mans destructive nature, on the other hand the way that the local inhabitants seemed to handle this with creativity, and actually to a far extent acchieving their way of life, is a rock solid proof of the ”managing man”.
We wanted to further investigate the streets` primal client, the car, as a programmatic scale. The same way Le Corbusier launched the human scale in an era of the ”mechanic society”, we wanted to investigate the car-scale in an era of severe global traffical challenges.
Our project can be read as a political statement related to this issue, aiming to highlight
this societies capasity to create and integrate new hybrid programmes interacting in the excisting street-scapes.
The project that was conducted in collaboration with the eight students from Shih Chien University, can be described as a two sided strategy;
a) We needed to develop a tool for revealing the local populations expectations, frustrations and dreams of their immediate surroundings, their common neighbourhoods.
b) We transformed these local dreams into new hybrid programmes by rebuilding old cars to represent theese qualities.
The projects main ambition through these two directions was to reveal the personal image of the streets potential, and to demonstrate the possibily of diversity within the car-scale. In a way, we wanted to use the local entrepreneurism, and pragmatic skills as a tool for dealing with spatial discussion.